bom·​bas·​tic | \ bäm-ˈba-stik How to pronounce bombastic (audio) \

Definition of bombastic

: marked by or given to speech or writing that is given exaggerated importance by artificial or empty means : marked by or given to bombast : pompous, overblown

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bombastically \ bäm-​ˈba-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bombastically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bombastic in a Sentence

a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district

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In addition, and perhaps due in part to Ms. Goldstein’s overly literal translation, Morante’s writing seems often bombastic and repetitive. Lily Tuck, WSJ, "‘Arturo’s Island’ Review: Childhood’s End," 22 Feb. 2019 Shooter, a bombastic character known for his party-animal behavior, became the first state lawmaker in the country to be expelled in the wake of the national #MeToo movement. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "After a session rocked by #RedForEd and #MeToo, Arizona Legislature adjourns," 4 May 2018 Nikolai: For us, the material is second to the design, and our design is big, bombastic, and full of textures and volume. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "All About Monies, the 45-Year-Old Danish Jewelry Brand Landing at Dover Street Market Just in Time for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 Although Leo energy is known for its bombastic, over-the-top sensibilities, there’s also another side of Leo worth addressing. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 With the bombastic Hit-Boy beat blaring through the sound system, Lamar trucked his way through his meaty verse like a sturdy running back. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar Delivers Unforgettable Performance for NBA on TNT American Express Road Show," 17 Feb. 2018 Parked under some escalators was a Karlmann King, bombastic multimillion-dollar SUV based on a Ford F550 and rocking stealth-fighter styling. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Shows Used to Be Amazing—And They Might Be Again," 5 Dec. 2018 Trafficking in bombastic manufactured outrage, it's politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but in fact is born of fear. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Barack Obama's Speech at John McCain's Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018 Leo is a fire sign known for its bombastic spirit and signature flamboyance. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of bombastic

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombastic

bombast + -ic entry 1

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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